Tattooing, including facial tattooing, has been around for centuries in cultures around the world. However, cosmetic tattooing, used as permanent makeup, was developed by tattooist George “Professor” Burchett in the 1930’s in England. It gained popularity in the United States in the late 80’s when Hollywood caught on to the trend. While permanent makeup, also known as derma-pigmentation, can have many benefits, the process, cost and possible side-effects weigh heavy as well when deciding whether or not to have this procedure done.
Cosmetic tattooing can be especially beneficial to people who have experienced discoloring or disfigurement due to age, accident or disease. For someone whose face was severely burnt and they are unable to grow facial hair, the tattooing on of eyebrows may help them to feel more confident in their appearance. It is also an option for people who cannot use traditional cosmetics due to allergies or skin conditions and for people whose lifestyle does not allow time for makeup application. For many people, it simply fulfills a certain vanity of needing to ‘look good’ all of the time, including when they are working out at the gym or swimming.
There are many drawbacks to permanent makeup as well. First, it is permanent and very difficult to have removed. People who have their eyebrows tattooed on in a certain color limit themselves to dying their hair only certain matching shades. Second, there are health risks to the procedure as well. While government regulations have been put in place to help ensure the quality and sanitation of the products, i.e. pigment dye and needles, as with any tattooing procedure, there is always the possibility of infection or inflammation among other side effects. Third, problems can occur if topical anesthetics are used improperly prior to the procedure.
While the procedure itself can be pricey, some would argue that not having to continuously purchase the traditional temporary cosmetics offsets the investment made in cosmetic tattooing. The application process for permanent makeup is similar to that of any tattoo, with the exception of anesthesia being used in some cases. A needle, either in a pen or a coil, is used to implant the pigment into the skin. In some cases, the pigment can fade over time, especially from heavy sun exposure. However, with care of the tattooed skin, permanent eyebrows and other types of tattoo makeup can last and continue to look good for several years. For more info, visit www.designerpermanentmakeup.co.uk.